November 07, 2006

So much for celebrations, Sir Alex.: Premiership leaders Manchester United were dumped out of the Carling Cup today by Championship bottom team Southend. The 1-0 defeat brought an abrupt end to this weekend's celebrations of Man U manager Alex Ferguson's 20 years in charge. Somebody needs to link to a video of the goal. And somebody needs to buy Southend's striker.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 09:49 PM - 13 comments

While I appreciate what Fergie has accomplished as a manger (as an Arsenal fan I might add), I still enjoy this result. Of course, this is one less competition they have to worry about, which allows them to focus on the others--watch out chelski (and doh arsenal).

posted by trox at 10:38 PM on November 07

Here's the link to the Freddy Eastwood goal.

posted by holden at 10:50 AM on November 08

I hope no one buys Eastwood - he's the only chance we've got of staying up this season. The man is phenomenal, though. Southend bought him two years ago from a non-league side, when we were in Divsion 2. Since then we've won promotion two seasons running, and he's scored 60 goals for us now in about 100 games. So in two years he's gone up five leagues or so, from amateur football to the championship, and then scoring against Manchester United. Its a pretty remarkable rise. Also, as a Southend fan this is an even huger shock than anything else I have ever seen. Before this season Southend had lost in the first round of the league cup for 8 straight seasons, and this is only the seond time we've ever knocked out a top flight team in either cup, in 100 years. Hopefully we can get Chelsea or Liverpool in the next round - but we'll probably ending up losing to Wycombe instead

posted by dng at 11:11 AM on November 08

Awesome. What a goal to lose too as well. Very much like a Beckham goal:) Man Utd are to football what Ferrari is to Formula One. Only Man Utd don't cheat.

posted by Drood at 01:25 PM on November 08

And spun off of that goal link - something I hadn't seen before - the Southend crossbar challenge, (and others).

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:17 PM on November 08

Even though they seem to be shooting from further back, Scotland are awful at that. Apart from Ally McCoist, who gave up playing sometime in the 1950s.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 04:21 PM on November 08

Only Man Utd don't cheat Players crowding around and intimidating the ref, suspicious 'extra' minutes of added time at Old Trafford, Roy Keane trying to break someone's leg? (stirs pot)

posted by owlhouse at 04:40 PM on November 08

yes!!!!!!!!!!! man u lost southend its pretty good, espiaclly esatwood he is awosome

posted by XNEIZE_58 at 07:40 PM on November 08

Welcome to Sportsfilter, XNEIZE_58. Your enthusiasm is refreshing. However, I would suggest that you take a look around the site, and note that most members take a bit of care with how their comments are presented. Comments should generally add something to the thread, and use of proper formatting, spelling and punctuation makes it easier to get your message across.

posted by owlhouse at 09:11 PM on November 08

Indeed, XNEIZER, you might have enhanced your enthusiastic (and poetic) response with some well-crafted writing (and rhyming). To wit... Yes!!!* Man U is screwed Southend is quite good Especially Eastwood I'd call him God, I would * [three !'s are a sufficient hyperbolic application of punctuation in this arena]

posted by worldcup2002 at 12:38 AM on November 09

I was quite pleased to see Manchester United lose! I'd say that Southend may have been overlooked by Man U, as they're a pretty good team, especially Eastwood, who's a prodigious talent.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:34 AM on November 09

Welcome to Sportsfilter, XNEIZE_58. Your enthusiasm is refreshing. Or utter bollocks, take your pick.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 05:22 PM on November 09

they're a pretty good team, especially Eastwood, who's a prodigious talent Eastwood also can barely afford to live in a mobile home, apparently. Somebody buy him already.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:18 AM on November 11

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